Spokane Civic Theatre needs our financial help.
Bobo's not in the habit of simply reproducing press releases, but this seems like an emergency crying out for your attention.
Problem: Original boiler unit cracked. Must be replaced immediately.
Sold-out audiences all weekend for A Christmas Carol and upcoming I’ll Be Back Before Midnight.
Amount needed: $50,000
Request: Please get the word out to the community of Spokane.
Requesting donations to replace boiler unit.
Send Donations to: 1020 North Howard St., Spokane WA 99201
Questions: (509) 325-1413.
When the new management at Spokane Civic Theatre was hired, they made a commitment to raise the quality of the productions, create and maintain a balanced budget, and upgrade and make improvements to the building structure.
This fall, the heating/cooling unit was upgraded with electronic control systems and other improvements. At the time, the boiler unit was in working order and considered a viable piece of machinery. Keeping the existing boiler was detrimental to the upgrades because the theatre could not afford to replace the entire unit.
During the cold temperatures, the system was put to the test and running flawlessly. Many patrons said this was the most comfortable they had ever been at the theatre when attending productions.
On the morning of Friday, December 16, an alarm in the new controls system went off and the staff was alerted to a problem. Upon further review, it was found that the boiler unit had cracked after 40 years of existence. A cracked boiler cannot be fixed; it must be replaced.
Spokane Civic Theatre has made many improvements during the season, but the cost of a new boiler unit is far beyond the current funds of the theatre. The theatre is now asking the community of Spokane for help in its time of need.
This comes at a difficult and challenging time for theatre. Spokane Civic Theatre has been successful on keeping a balanced budget and working through the challenges presented in previous years. We cannot afford to cancel any productions until it is fixed. We have been playing to sold-out audiences, and securing that income is detrimental to our success in the 2005 – 2006 season.
Please help us notify the community of Spokane that we need their help in order to continue presenting national award-winning productions and offering our mammoth youth program entitled the Spokane Civic Theatre Academy.